ATTN: Car audio enthusiast!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Nick man, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Hey there!

    Im currently looking around for an 1968- 1973 Oldmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon and I know Im gonna be swapping out the stereo for something a lot better as soon as I get it. My question is what do you recommend!?

    I plan on getting some kind of MP3 storage device/player so I can have a killer collection (+2,000) of songs available without the junk thats always on the radio.

    In addition to good clean sound, I also want a lot of bass! What brands do you recommend for subs and amps? I understand that car subs have poor efficiency so I imagine to get decont headroom I should look at 1,000 watt amps for them.

    Any advice, opinions?

  2. Hook up a 2x8 on the dash, 4x10 in the back seat, and a 1x21 in the trunk, that should effectly stop breathing while in use.
  3. 1,000 watts for the subs can be an awful lot to some people. I am currently running a sony xplod cdx-5000 50wX4 channel am/fm/cd player, one Memphis audio 16-PR1KD 1000w amp, 2 Infinity 12" kappa perfect subs, one stinger 3 farad capacitor, one Memphis audio 16MC2004 amp, 4 infinty reference triaxial 6x9" speakers in my 1994 dodge ram van. on a good day I can hit 138.6 db. I like the system i have and i recomend you look at Memphis for your amps, they are the cleanest amps i have ever heard (worth every penny of the steep price)and the infinity subs and speakers are nice but i could do better (i picked them since they played real clean).
    I made my system with the purpose of sound level competitions in mind but i also wanted something that would sound good when i don't need to show off.

    It is hard to help someone with what they want to do with a stereo system untill you decide how far you want to go with this. the sky is the limit with the stuff you can do but it also depends greatly on how deep your pockets go.

    start by going to a car audio specialist and see some of the stuff they have on demo like decks and speakers and stuff and get what you think sounds the best to you and has all the features you want. a car audio system is all about personal taste.

    good luck.
    Nick B.
  4. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Im not sure how much I am willing to spend, but lets keep it below $1500 if possible.

    I dont think I need any thing competition level, but something that can drive 2-12" at loud volumes with plenty of headroom.

    Thanks for the advice.

  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    A friend of mine got 1000 watts, in dual 12" subs, he got the subs for 300 dollars a piece, the list price was something around 800....he photoshopped a print-out of a price he found online, and brought it in to some gauranteed beat the competitor price store :D
  7. wow, thats an awesome idea. I like the way your friends think.:D
  8. Idea for an MP3 player: get an Archos Jukebox or FM Recorder (that's right, recorder) 20 GB, and install the Rockbox software on it (

    For an amp: I myself have a Sony Xplod 604EQX with 2x60 rms watts to the fronts and 160 rms watts into a single 12" sub and when I crank it, my ears bleed. Coming from a guy who visits death and black metal concerts, that means a lot.

    I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, don't get why you would EVER need 1 kW in a car, besides for laughs. THAT'S FREAKIN INSANE! I bring 480 watts on stage and and have headroom to spare.
  9. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Im only thinking thats what id need since Ive been reading about terrible efficiency rating on the drivers.

    Something like 92db 1watt/m or however thats expressed.

    Ill check out some friends systems and see what I think.

    Thanks for the link to that MP3 system.

  10. Even if it's only 92 dB, with a 1000 W amp the max spl is 122 dB in free field. Add about 10-20 dB to that number for a car cabin.

    My sub has a 91 dB efficiency, which is very good. It's not a car sub really.

    I think I'm more the SQ type of guy. I'm not willing to put 1,000 watts in my car just to show how loud it will go, standing 30 feet away. I'd rather enjoy some music.
  11. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    You want lots of power for cheap and good quality? In Class T amps, these might fit the bill. Avionixx and Tsunami amps distributed by eD (elemental designs). Check it out at the second link I gave you, and you can go and post questions there too.


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